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- Publisher: Audioworks; Abridged edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671044540
- ISBN-13: 978-0671044541
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,315,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead by Sunset: "Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?" Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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Another chilling and creepy book from the reigning queen of true-crime, Ann Rule, who also penned the riveting bestseller Small Sacrifices. Here, we encounter a charismatic con-artist accused of brutally bludgeoning his wife and follow his case through to its strangely redemptive end. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Brad Cunningham was handsome, brilliant, a high-school hero in his native Seattle, a football star at the University of Washington. His family background was unusual, with a Native American mother of whom he was ashamed and an Anglo father who was contemptuous of women. As an adolescent, Brad was violent with his sisters and his mother. This pattern continued in his first, second and third marriages but reached its apogee with his fourth wife, Cheryl Keeton, a highly successful lawyer by whom he fathered three sons. When their marriage collapsed and she sought custody of their children, Brad, a bank executive, threatened her; in September 1986, she was found bludgeoned to death in her car on an Oregon highway. The case remained unresolved until Cheryl Keeton's estate filed a civil suit for damages against Brad in 1991. A criminal trial followed in 1993, in which Brad was found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 22 years. Rule (Small Sacrifices) provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait. Photos not seen by PW. 125,000 first printing; True Crime Book Club main selection; Doubleday Book Club, Literary Guild and Mystery Guild featured alternates; Reader's Digest Nonfiction Condensed Book Club selection; Tri-Star/NBC-TV miniseries to air in November.
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Brad Cunningham would project his own insecurities onto others to excuse his own failures throughout life. Clearly this is a man who never, but never, should ever have married anyone. Whatever women suffered the misfortune to come into his life paid a dear price with one, Cheryl Cunningham, paying with her life. This is a depressing book to say the least but, in the end, Brad finally got his just desserts by being sent to prison where he can't hurt anyone else.
Interesting to read this book with the passage of time since the crime occurred (1986) and the years leading up to the crime. Thankfully we as a society are far more aware of the issue of spousal abuse and the warning signs, as Brad was a classic abusive spouse long before he committed murder, not just to Cheryl but to all the other women who had the misfortune to fall in love with the handsome charmer, especially his first wife Loni Ann. There were no battered women's shelters for Loni Ann to run to when Brad beat her or left her, drunk, in the pitch black inches from a cliff hoping she'd fall to her death. Today, although domestic violence is still far too common, we know the warning signs of an abusive personality and how to get help.
The reason Ann Rule is the best living true-crime writer is how she draws you into the tangled web of the lives of the very real people whose lives were touched by murder, not just the police and courtroom drama. Dead By Sunset is one of her true masterpieces.
I read this book when it was first published and lost it in a basement flood, so I purchased the kindle version to re-read. Very disappointing that the kindle version does not have the photographs that were in the paperback.
The people who perpetrate these crimes are such charming "users" - it is quite overwhelming to read 8 of her books in a row - i am watching neighbors to see if any of them seem psychotic!! Can make you a tad paranoid, but hey, these books are true and we should all be a bit more careful out there.
So I'm a new fan, cannot wait to buy more of her books!!!